Croatia International Luka Modric beat off competition from former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Europa Cup winner Antoine Griezmann and Golden boot winner Lionel Messi to be named the winner of 2018 Ballon d’Or.
The Real Madrid star played an integral role for his club as they stormed to a third consecutive Champions League title, as well as captaining Croatia to second place at the just ended 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He becomes the first player to break Messi and Ronaldo’s championing ballon dor since 2007, with Brazil icon Kaka being the last to lift the trophy before the Argentine and Portuguese stars collected five each across the following years.
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